Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE HALL OF OPIUM ATTRACTION IN CHIANG RAIS GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND …

Located at Baan Sob Ruak, in the Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai
province – close to the very fields where millions of poppies once
bloomed, the Hall of Opium gives a full picture of the opium trade, it’s
history, some of the characters involved and how it blighted the lives
of addicts.

This is a tale of a trade that stretches back some
5,000 years and gave rise to some of the biggest events in history – the
Chinese Opium Wars, the colonisation of India and the rise of
international drug cartels.

Despite being a dark tale, the
history of opium is fascinating and The Hall of Opium’s exhibition has
been designed to make a big impact on all visitors. Put together by
historians and multimedia experts, the show treats visitors to sound and
light displays, unique photos, video exhibits and interactive
presentations. This means it is accessible and exciting to people of all
ages and nationalities as well as being poignant and thought-provoking.

Because
it has been designed to be educational and instructive, the Hall of
Opium will be especially interesting to younger visitors, who may find
it hard to imagine that just a few years ago things were so different in
this bustling modern nation.

The drug trade of the Golden
Triangle is not glorified in any way and there is a strong focus on the
dangers of the poppy – that lovely bloom which ruins lives. Once the
flower’s sap was extracted and boiled into addictive opium it became a
magnet for crime.

The museum teaches all about drug trafficking,
addiction, and smuggling, but most of all how the drug can affect the
people who take it, destroying families and communities. But the final
lesson the museum teaches is how there is hope and ultimately things can
change for the better.

The museum is open every day (except
Monday) from 8:30 – 17:00 hrs. A visit takes around 2-3 hours. The entry
fee is 200 baht per person.

Theodore Koumelis (TravelDailyNews-AsiaPacific)

PAY-PER-USE LOUNGE IN PUBLIC ZONE SET TO ENHANCE TRAVELLER EXPERIENCE AT SINGAPORE’S CHANGI AIRPORT …

SINGAPORE – Jet Quay Pte Ltd opens The Haven
by JetQuay, the only pay-per-use lounge located outside the immigration
zone at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Situated at the Arrival Hall, Level
1 at Terminal 3, it offers a host of services to cater to business and
leisure travellers, including families with children.

The Lounge
is accessible for use by passengers in transit, arriving passengers who
have cleared Customs, as well as departing passengers prior to
checking-in with their airline.  In recent years, aviation trends have
shown a demand for pay-per-use airport lounges. Such lounges are found
in many airports in cities around the world, including Hong Kong, Seoul
and Zurich. 

For more information, visit The Haven

BEYOND ANGKOR – THE LOST TEMPLES OF CAMBODIA …

Hidden deep in the jungles of Cambodia are hundreds of extraordinary temples and even a lost city from the Khmer era … They are scattered in areas that for more than two decades were off-limits to visitors … Now, with the building of new roads and gradual mine-clearing, these places are slowly opening up to tourism … Below is the monumental complex of Koh Ker considered one of the architectural wonders of the Khmer era …